Former Ohio resident, Dr. Michael Steven Taplits, 74, died on March 14, 2022, at his home in Bennetsville, South Carolina.
Michael, Ph.D. and MD, was born November 3, 1947, in Cincinnati, Ohio to Dr. Sol and Marie Taplits. He is survived by his brother Bryan Taplits, sister Marcia Taplits Lowe, sister-in-law Donna Taplits, niece Cydney Paige Wayne, and many beloved cousins.
Michael was a man who accomplished anything he set his mind to. In fifth grade, while in the hospital for an emergency appendectomy, he was inspired by his father’s anecdotes about perks of being a doctor. Subsequently, he continued to achieve that goal with unwavering dedication by working fastidiously to get two Doctorate degrees, a Ph.D and an MD.
Michael’s journey began at Walnut Hills High School where he graduated with honors, and was awarded a Merit Scholarship for his excellent academic achievements. He then graduated from University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science degree, while continuing to maintain a high level of academic excellence. After assiduously being sought by the prestigious Bowman Gray BioMedical school on the Wake Forest Campus, North Carolina, he received his Masters and Ph.D degrees in Microbiology. He then returned home to attend the University of Cincinnati Medical School and graduated with a specialty in Pediatrics. The National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland then sought him out. While doing research there he wrote numerous articles on immunology and rheumatology, for which he was given international acclaim, all of which were published in prestigious medical journals. He also worked in a nearby Hospital in the ER while at NIH. He worked at the FDA, where he was responsible for approving or rejecting pharmaceutical medications. But his love and talent for facing sudden and emergent medical situations led him to becoming board certified in emergency medicine. He practiced ER medicine for many years as staff physician and medical director of an ER Clinic, while also splitting time between ER departments in two hospitals in nearby cities, one of which was Bennettsville S.C., until his recent retirement.
Michael loved the ocean and spent time winding down from his pressure filled medical life at his condo in Atlantic beach, where he often generously hosted his family and close friends.
Michael’s Jewish faith was extremely important to him, and he observed and practiced his faith as passionately as he did everything. He was affiliated with multiple synagogues in various cities, spent time studying the Talmud, and the Torah, and understood the importance of giving back to the community and synagogues. He discreetly and generously donated to many community, religious, and charitable organizations. He was a world traveler, and a loyal fan of all Cincinnati sports teams. In his younger years he was a committed clogger, who belonged to a clogging club, and loved to dance. His love of heavy metal music belied his quiet and dignified manor, and baffled his family.
He was a quiet and humble person whose opinions were regarded in the highest esteem. He cared deeply about family and extended family, protected them and supported them without reservation.
Michael will be remembered as a rare combination of someone who had a love of life, and a firm understanding of what was important. In spite of his many accomplishments, Michael lived a simple life devoted to family and devout religious beliefs.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Congregation Etz Chaim, 8100 Cornell Road, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45249.